old·​en ˈōl-dən How to pronounce olden (audio)
: of or relating to a bygone era

Examples of olden in a Sentence

What was life like in the olden days?
Recent Examples on the Web Of course today the Tiergarten is statues, but in olden days was a real hunting ground for Berlin’s elite, with deer and wild animals. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Feb. 2024 The midwife suggested finding a milk donor — a concept Christensen thought was just for the olden days. Meredith Newman, Kansas City Star, 24 Jan. 2024 In ye olden days, these cards would store some actual data like contacts and messages, but with the advent of smartphones, all of that moved to the cloud. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 3 Mar. 2023 In the olden days, people applied perfume and talcum powder to try to cover up the smell of BO. WIRED, 30 Sep. 2023 In ye olden days of 2012, e-books were often cheaper than hard copies. Shira Ovide, Washington Post, 26 May 2023 However, the cost of living has risen in Seattle since the olden days, and these jokers are making about the same salary. Lincee Ray, EW.com, 5 May 2023 But now One Chicago bar is taking the Mai Tai back to the olden days. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 17 Apr. 2023 Americans celebrate Easter with ham because back in the olden days, before refrigeration, farmers would set aside pork to cure throughout the winter. Kate Franke, Woman's Day, 6 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of olden was in the 14th century

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“Olden.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/olden. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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old·​en ˈōl-dən How to pronounce olden (audio)
: of or relating to earlier days

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